Further Personal Information
||Melbourne, VIC, AUS
||Information Technology, Athlete
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He started playing table tennis at the age of six.
|Why this sport?
||He started the sport as a winter alternative to tennis.
|Club / Team
||East Adelaide Table Tennis Club and SASI: Adelaide, SA, AUS
|Name of coach
||Jens Lang [national]
|Preferred position / style / stance / technique
||Wookie. (smh.com.au, 27 Mar 2006)
||He enjoys all sports and plays racketlon during the off-season. Photography is also a major interest.
(tabletennis.org.au, 17 Aug 2010)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||He won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2006. "It was like a dream come true," he said.(theage.com.au, 20 Aug 2010)
|Awards and honours
||He was inducted in the Australia table tennis Hall of Fame in 2008. (theage.com.au, 20 Aug 2010)
At the age of 14, William left his family and moved to Europe to improve his game, spending 10 years in Sweden and 2 years in Germany. (stt.org.au, 22 Oct 2009)
He has gambled his savings and job in a bid to represent Australia in London. "It was a huge decision to quit work. I had many sleepless nights before I took the plunge. I was working in an IT department when I decided to quit. I told the company that it was my dream to play a third Olympics." Since quitting his job he has spent the past 18 months training in Austria at the Werner Schlager Academy with head coach Richard Prause. (London info+, 17 Jul 2012)